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The Asia-Pacific Telecommunications Sectors : A Company and Industry Analysis (October 2003)

  • ID: 656421
  • Report
  • October 2003
  • 40 pages
  • Mergent
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Current Environment - Key Points
- The global telecoms epicenter is shifting to the Asia-Pacific region
- The wireless sector shows the most dramatic growth, mainly driven by the increasing use of mobile data and wireless services across the region
- Although fixed-line is expanding more slowly than the mobile phone market, it is enjoying healthy growth in Asia-Pacific, especially in developing countries
- The region includes two of the top three mobile economies worldwide (Taiwan and Hong Kong), and holds a number of records in the sector
- Fortunes have been mixed for regional players
Combined total revenues of public telecoms companies in several countries rose from 2001 to 2002
By contrast, combined total revenues for four Australian companies fell, along with those for four companies in India and one in Malaysia
- With advanced multimedia services and next-generation network technologies, Asian firms are establishing themselves as key world players
However, declines in domestic revenues caused by intense competition have prompted regional carriers to secure a share of overseas markets

Industry Profile - Key Points
- Asia-Pacific countries have been forced to invest in upgrading the IT and telecoms infrastructure across the region to ensure competitiveness in the global economy
- Governments in the region have emphasized the importance of broadband in increasing competitiveness and economic activity
- A growing number of cross-over investors are expanding R&D activities in regional telecoms
Enormous investments in R&D have made some Asian countries world leaders in many areas
- Asia-Pacific governments have been struggling to deal with competition and policy and regulatory consequences
However, many still tend to see competition in terms of numbers of competitors, rather than the viability of business
- Spending in the telecoms industry is expected to be slower to recover than forecast and will lag behind economic recovery
Capital outlays by major telecoms carriers are expected to be minimal
Market Trends and Outlook - Key Points
- The demand for camera phones has created a new revenue stream for handset makers and also for wireless operators, which charge users for e-mailing photos
- The craze in Asia for downloading personalized ring tones, games and pop hits on to mobile phones has rapidly developed into a multi-billion-dollar industry expected to sky-rocket as technology improves over the next few years
- The phenomenal growth of Asia's mobile phone download industry has spawned widespread music piracy and copyright owners are waging a tough battle to claim royalties
- Public access to WiFi has gained ground in Asia-Pacific recently as ambitious operators expand the number of hotspots locations that essentially allow people to surf the internet wirelessly, using their laptops or portable devices
- The telecoms market in Asia-Pacific is expected to grow, driven by deregulation and pent-up demand for services from less-developed countries, especially in the up-and-coming economic powerhouses of China and India

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Current Environment
- Sector Overview
- Sector Performance
- Highlights of Key Players
- Highlights of Major
- Overview of Key Segments
Industry Profile
- Industry Size and Spending
- Sector Investment
- Government Investment
- Research and Development
Telecoms a Drawcard in Asia-
- Policy and Regulatory
Market Trends & Outlook
- Camera Phone Creates New
Revenue Stream
- Downloading for Mobiles a
Craze in Asia
- Ring tone Music Piracy
Flourishes in Asia
- Market Outlook
Country Profiles
- Australia
- China and Hong Kong
- India
- Japan
- South Korea
- Singapore
Key References
The Scope of this Report
Comparative Data
Sales Contacts

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